How and where to beat the late-summer heat in Mississauga


Published September 5, 2023 at 4:40 pm


With a late-summer heat wave blanketing Mississauga and much of southern Ontario, City officials are urging people to take advantage of a number of places in town to keep cool.

Of course, indoor spaces with air conditioning are ideal places to wait out the scorching few days that have prompted heat warnings from Environment Canada.

However, if you find yourself outdoors for any period of time, Mississauga officials have some suggestions. Seeking out shade in parks or elsewhere for temporary relief or visiting one of the city’s 32 spray pads, seven outdoor swimming pools or the fountain at Celebration Square in the downtown core are some spots to consider.

Spray pads across Mississauga are operating on extended hours, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the Celebration Square fountain and wading pool is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

“When there are extremely hot temperatures forecasted, the City offers residents places to stay cool. This includes visiting one of our indoor swimming pools, air-conditioned libraries and community centres,” officials add. “When heat warnings are issued by the Region of Peel, residents are encouraged to call before visiting one of these locations, as hours of operation may vary.”

Officials also remind people to ensure their dogs and cats are kept cool and comfortable and not left inside parked cars.

For more information on locations of spray pads and swimming pools, click the link on the social media post below.

The extremely hot temperatures are expected to last through Wednesday before things cool down a bit the remaining couple of days of the week, according to Environment Canada.

Tuesday reached 34 C, which felt more like 42 C with the humidity. And Wednesday is expected to see a high of 30 C, feeling more like 40 C.

Late Wednesday will bring a mix of sun and clouds, along with a 30 per cent chance of rain. A break in the weather on Wednesday evening should bring some relief with Environment Canada calling for rain and cooler temperatures around 18 C.

The heat wave could be followed by thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday with temperatures expected to reach a high of 25 C, dropping to 12 C by Friday evening, with a mix of sun and cloud and highs around 20 C expected on the weekend.

The risks of extreme heat are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

People who will be spending time outdoors are advised to drink plenty of water before feeling thirsty and stay in a cool place.

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